Angela Sun as Dr. Agatha Smith-Gilman.

Dr. Agatha Smith-Gilman is based on Dr. Augusta Stowe-Gullen, the first woman to receive a Canadian medical degree, graduating from Victoria University (now part of U of T) in 1883. Her mother, Dr. Emily Howard Stowe was among the first women to practice medicine in Canada, though she had to go to the United States to study medicine because she was banned from attending Canadian schools.

In 1876 Emily and Augusta founded the Toronto Women’s Literary Club which became the Canadian Women’s Suffrage Association in 1883, then the Dominion Women’s Enfranchisement Association in 1889, and the Canadian Suffrage Association in 1906.

Augusta married Dr. John Gullen, but the couple had no children which was probably a factor in why Augusta was able to maintain her career.

Emily and Augusta Stowe met Flora MacDonald Denison in the 1890s in Toronto (possibly through the Toronto Theosophical Society which Emily and Augusta co-founded).

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